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to the 2,752 victims killed when terrorists hijacked four commercial planes that attacked the u.s. in lower manhattan 9/11 families gather at a park adjacent to ground zero. throughout the morning in shanksville, pennsylvania where united 93 flight crashed, michelle obama and laura bush will honor a ceremony to honor the passengers that fought back. plans to rebuild at ground zero are moving forward. the centerpiece, one world trade center, is expected to be completed by 2013, but with each construction step forward, there remains a connection to the past. steel beams pulled from the rubble were permanently installed this week at the entrance of the national september 11th memorial and museum slated to be finished in 2012. >> it is going to be a memorial that we will all be proud of and a memorial that will inspire people around the world. >> and always remind them never to forget. president obama also signed a probleming clamation making september 10th through 12th national days of prayer and remembrance, calling on americans also to set aside time to volunteer. amy. >> and now here's carl
terrorists hijacked four commercial planes and attacked the u.s. lower man families gathered at zuccotti park adjacent to ground zero. >> carl francis. >> chael a. -- >> reporter: as has now become tradition the names of victims were read one by one. the pain and emotions of that day still difficult to revisit nine years later. four moments of silence marked the times each plane hit and each tower fell. vice preside joe biden and his wife dr. jill biden attended the fremony, along with city and state leaders and first responders. and again,in ceremonies continu here in new york and will throughout the day along side some of those rallies that will also be protesting the islamic center. tonight, alex, a tribute in light returns, another tradition. two beams of light illuminating the sky and symbolizing where towers once stood. >> a wonderful traditn that is ry poignant. many people look forward to it every year. as is the peeling of the bells behind you trthere. that is trinity churchr, right? >> trinity church behind us, yes. still standing nine years later as it was after the 9/11 attacks. >
here, thomas, with the individual. again, they're using the word individual at this moment in the briefing we're just listening to. they were not using the word suspect. that just getting into us within the last five to seven minutes for you. >> what we understand, this is right by the university of miami. a popular bank branch for the students. >> very popular. just to show you how close it is. i'll show you this map right here. this is the bank according to google maps. this is the university of miami right here. 150 yards separate them. to get a sense of how crowded this area is. you have hear a terrace inn and cereal bowl another place and very residential. so, very much an area that is very well populated and used. at the moment, very difficult. you can see from this tower cam how busy, again, the traffic is as they have cordoned off that area. >> richard, stay with me, we're doing great stuff. we will bring in clint, an msnbc analyst and also a chief hostage negotiator with the fbi. he joins us now by the telephone now. clint, what do you think of the situation right
hiker held in iraq, iran, for more than a year has just arrived back in the u.s. >>> also, christine o'donnell cancels. the tea party darling of delaware backs out of two sunday morning interviews. this comes after a video surfaces from a decade ago where she claims she, quote, dabbled in witchcraft. >>> plus, police in california say they are searching for 13 people led by this woman. they say letters left behind suggests they were planning a mass suicide and most of the missing are children. >>> good morning to you all. i'm t.j. holmes, from the cnn center. this is your cnn sunday morning, 8:00 a.m. here in atlanta, 3:00 p.m. in baghdad, where we do have breaking news we want to get right to. arwa damon is live there for us. arwa, hello once again. we have a pair of blasts that have killed at least 29 people there. tell us what happened. >> reporter: that's right, t.j. one of those explosions happened when a mini bus detonated in front of a cell phone shop. the other explosion taking place at a fairly busy intersection. them happening within a few minutes of one another, at around 10
and attacked the u.s. in lower manhattan, 9/11 families gather at zuccotti park adjacent to ground zero. throughout the morning, it as has now become tradition, the names of victims will be read and four moments of sigh hence will mark the times each plane hit and each tower fell. vice president joe biden is attending the ceremony along with city and state leaders and first responders. at the pentagon, president obama delivers remarks and participates in a wreath laying ceremony. and in shanksville, pennsylvania, where united flight 93 crashed, first lady michelle obama along with former first lady laura bush attend a ceremony to honor the passengers who fought back. meanwhile plans to rebuild at ground zero are moving forward. the center piece, one world trade center, is expected to be completed by 2013. but with each construction step forward, there remains a connection to the past. steel beams pulled from the ground zero rubble were permanently installed this week at the entrance of the national september 11th memorial and museum, slated to be finished in 2012. >> it is going to be a
a florida church wants to burn copies of the koran. before you say anything, the u.s. commander in afghanistan says it's a terrible idea that could put our troops in harm's way. with the end of ramadan, just days away, with that celebration could come on the very same day as the anniversary of 9/11 that could change how american-muslims celebrate. >>> also, the am fix blog is up and running. we've love for you to weigh in. join a live conversation by going to cnn.com/amfix. >>> let's begin, though, with the election. eight weeks away. republicans gaining, the economy sliding along with the democrats at this point. it's looking like a long uphill climb for the president and democratic party. 56 days remain until the midterm elections. >> yeah. and it's been a rough start for democrats. we take a look at our new cnn opinion research poll released just moments ago, suggested that republicans may be winning the confidence when it comes to handling the economy. a pretty stunning reversal of what we've seen in other polls. with 46% favoring the gop. 43% backing the democrats. the pres
money that you've got. come on. you are making this too easy. that does it for us tonigh we will see you again tomorrow night. for us tonight. >>> there's lots to add to what you've seen on our show. "the ed show" is up next. good night. >>> good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show." tonight from new york, these stories on the table. and hitting my hot buttons at this hour. breaking news, the psychopastor in florida says he's canceled his plan to burn the koran. but the story is far from over. he's claiming he's cut a deal to move the so-called ground zero mosque in new york. folks, you can't believe a word this guy says. my commentary on that, plus rapid fire response all coming up. >>> democrats, i want you to pay attention and listen carefully to how governor ed rendell of pennsylvania has been hammering the republicans. he just said we can't turn our country over to the "froot loops and crazies." i kind of love that kind of talk. he'll bring the straight talk here in the bottom of the hour. >>> and glenn beck and sarah palin are restoring dishonor in my opinion t
.j.? >> reporter: honored to be kicking this thing off for us this week. i'm not getting behind the wheel of that bus. good morning from the backdrop of beautiful downtown pittsburgh over the allegheny river this morning. we're here because as you mentioned at the top it is the unofficial end of summer with labor day but it is the official kickoff to the campaign season and they are kicking off in a major way today. politicians will be at every barbecue fest, every picnic, parade and there will be one here in pittsburgh as well. a lot of shaking of hands and kissing of babies. we're here in western pennsylvania because you talked about 435 seats being up for grabs in the house. well, yes, republicans could take back the house. how would they do it? they will do it by taking back seats like the one here in western pennsylvania. the third district, a freshman democrat and in a republican district going up against mike kelley. listen to both of them here in these short sound bites and tell me if there's something in there that sounds familiar. >> i think the voters of the district should re-
and think about us. >> you can't not look in his eyes and feel how much he loved us. every time i look at it. >> it really shows your daddy's spirit. >> it really shows who he is and what he did that day. >>y dad, i can see the look in his eyes. >> does this get any easier? >> this time of year is necessary, you know we don't want people to forget, we don't want to forget ourselves. >> of course, everyone out there remembers where they were when they first learned of the planes that hit the tower withes. we asked our viewers to comment, share their thoughts and feelings'rbout that moment. we're going be sharing those minutes coming up next. it's five minutes past the hour. we're just getting started here on this cnn saturday morning. mom, did you borrow my green shirt? ♪ that's not really my style, honey. weird, i can't find it. ♪ [ female announcer ] new tide origiyl with acti-lift technology helps remove many dry stains as if they were fresh. hey! you found it. yeah, it must have been hiding in my closet. [ female announcer ] new tide original with acti-lift. style is an option. clean
of the image. >> too bad tony harris is off. he could show us a few moves. thank you, josh. very good advice. take heart, gentlemen, if you want to be sexy. >> move that wrist is shoulder. >> there's no saving you, so let's move on. the big stories for wednesday, september 8th, and it is a big day -- >> still feels really surreal. >> it doesn't sink in until we have visual confirmation by us. it's hard to sink in. >> they are about to get it sunken in, dozens of colorado families wait to see if their homes are still standing. one family wondering where their son's wedding will be next week as out of control fires tear through canyons outside of boulder. >>> president obama, anything to get the economy moving, and with the announcement later today, expect a fair amount of swiping at republicans. >>> for the first time on new york television, the new york imam behind the islamic center and mosque near ground zero. hear why he plans to go ahead with it. >> good morning, i'm drew griffin. tony harris is off today. those stories and your comments right here right now in the cnn newsroom. >>> 100
, where the passengers on flight 93, believed to be on-target to crash into the u.s. capitol or the white house. >>> and this takes place against a highly-politicized backdrop. pastor terry jones, who was calling on a burn for korans today, is now in new york city. he's planned to meet with the imam who is in charge of the islamic cultural center near ground zero. and there's been angry street protests, over the koran burning. raising the question if the damage has been done anyway. our martha raddatz is over in afghanistan this morning. we're going to go to her in a moment. >>> we begin at ground zero. for months, it's been the site of protests over the proposed mosque. and today will be no exception. but there will also be memorials. john berman is there. good morning, john. >> reporter: it's a beautiful morning here in new york, just as it was nine years ago, as many people remember. there will be the solemn ceremonies. but also today, also controversy. the dueling demonstrations. and now, the arrival of that pastor from florida. >> you had a lot to say before. >> reporter: not a lot o
, soledad o'brien joins us with an explosive exclusive just ahead. >>> extreme weather as well. floods, fires, tornadoes, getting the latest on a state of emergency issued in texas after tearing across parts of dallas. also, there's a new storm slowly creeping towards us as well. rob's going to break it down. >>> and president obama pushing new ideas for economic growth and slamming the republicans for putting up road blocks. but will it be the downfall in november. our jim acosta is following that. he's live in washington just ahead. >>> the am fix blog is up and running. go to cnn.com/amfix. >>> we begin with the cnn exclusive at that world is waiting to see and now reacting to soledad o'brien's riveting one-on-one with imam rauf. >> the mosque is being built near ground zero in manhattan. the imam has not talked about this until now and telling cnn that he regrets such pain but it may be dangerous to back down now. >> soledad was up late last night and she's here now. what did he have to say? >> i think this is a person that's well-known for being a moderate. in the muslim world, th
'll read your-mails during mfrp news you can't use" on "morning joe" which starts right now. >>> i don't think health care is driving this election, david. i think economy is driving this election. people have anxiety about that economy. i'll tell you what -- >> then why did you do health care and spend so much of last year on health care? >> they don't want -- well, you know why we worked on health care? because health care was a huge -- is and was a huge problem in this country. >> yet democrats are not campaigning on it because it's so polically toxic. you said that wouldn't be the case. you said it would get more popular, not less. >> i think that health care overtime is going to become more popular. >>> welcome to "morning joe." happy monday. mika, that's what i keep thinking about myself. >> what this. >> that one day, one day i'm going to get more popular. my mom tells me. >> you're so popular. you're the most popular boy in school. >> no, my mom says i'm not because they're jealous of me. one day, like health care reform -- >> 21st century is only 10% over. >> that's right, tha
in there. he was looking for us. once he discovered we were gone, i guess he went the other way and i thought i'd lost him. but fortunately i seen him pop up on the back of the street on the other side, we came up two opposite streets, so -- >> let's make the point, everybody in your home got out safely, and that's very good news. tell me about this house, though. this was your parents' house. i know that you grew up there and moved back in after your mom passed away. >> yes. >> had just remodelled it? >> right. >> what was it like to see it in flames? >> heart-wrenching. it really was. it was hard to watch. but the main thing is my intermediate family got out. the other things can be rebuilt and other things can be, you know, replaced, but you can't replace family members. >> where are you going to go from here, bob? where are you going to stay? >> oh, i got wonderful friends, wonderful friends that have offered homes for me to stay in, cars to drive. a friend of mine, bert, offered me a house to stay in and gave me a truck if i need it. we're staying with some wonderful friends, dav
, believed to be on-target to crash into the u.s. capitol or the white house. >> as you noted, this year's remembrances take place against a highly-political backdrop. pastor terry jones arrived in new york city late last night. he is hoping to meet with the imam behind the cultural at ground zero. there's protests raising questions whether the damage has been done anyway. >>> we begin at ground zero. for months, it has been a site of protest over the proposed mosque. today is no exception. but there will also be memorials. john berman is there live. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. it's a beautiful morning here in new york, just as it was nine years ago, as many people remember. there will be the solemn ceremonies. but also today, also controversy. the dueling demonstrations. for the proposed islamic center and for the arrival of that pastor from florida. >> you had a lot to say before. >> reporter: not a lot of words from pastor terry jones, as he arrived in new york city late last night, after a week of a circus atmosphere in gainesville, florida, where jones sta
. this is a huge story out west. so we will keep our monitors on the video coming in to us and the live pictures and we will dip back in and out "morning joe" this morning. again, a huge explosion ripping through a san francisco neighborhood late yesterday. the fire still raging at this hour. >>> good morning, it is friday, september 10th. i'm mika brzezinski. joe is off this morning but willie is taking care of mommy this morning. with us on the set is all of these boys. national political correspondent for new york magazine, john heilemann been here for three days. >> i haven't left. i slept here. >> awkward. at some point, he'll go. but he is the co-author of "game change." donnie deutsche is here. >> hello, darling. >> you look okay. >> that -- a pause is better than an insult. it's donnie deutsche is here, that scum or something like that. >> it's all about you, donnie? everything that i do, he thinks it might just be about me somehow. it might have been an insult which really means she likes me. i like that one. >> get to the insults. >> thank you for that. >> donnie looks sharp. he either
. nbc's miguel almaguer is on the scene. miguel, what can you tell us? >> reporter: matt, good morning. at least 75 people were rushed to the hospital overnight, some of them injured critically. we know at least one person is dead, although that number may rise. some 53 homes were completely destroyed. more than 100 others damaged. it's believed the explosion may have been caused by a ruptured gas line. and as one witness said here, they described the scene as "hell on earth." the explosion ripped through san bruno just before 7:00 local time, the dinner hour in this suburb just south of san francisco. a blast so violent, some thought it was an earthquake, or worse, a jetliner crash. it was neither. >> i went out and seen this big fireball. first thing i thought was, oh, god, something went up, and it was intense with flames. >> reporter: a monster, gas-fed fireball with flames shooting as high as 100 feet into the air was burning so hot, it obscured everything around it. asphalt melted, windows shattered, the sky turned black and the sound, what witnesses describe as a roaring and a g
attacks a cover-up. sparking outrage and a walkout by the u.s. delegation. we'll have reaction from the white house. >>> caught on tape. a vicious girl fight, as one of the girls' moms appears to egg her on. why the cheers ended with charges of abuse. >>> come on, elmo. don't you want to play? >> too sexy for "sesame street"? why the children's show pulled the plug on katy perry's appearance. is it the kids? or the parents? >> there's a lot of excitement around our dinner table last night. when i told the girls that elmo and grover will be here to talk about that story, they cheered. harper wanted elmo's autograph. i'm not sure. he's only 3. >> i don't know if that can happen. perks of the job. >>> a lot 06 ground to cover in the meantime. hundreds of homes have been evacuated after flooding in wisconsin and minnesota. a state of emergency has been declared in both states. and the national guard is now sandbagging, bracing against more bad weather today. and then, there's a new tropical storm that could be heading toward the gulf. it's expected to become a hurricane later tonight. s
. censored. it appears where "adult services" used to be. at first glance it seems their virtual red light district disappeared into cyberspace. but after a simple point and click on the site we found adult services still on craigslist, in plain sight, under a different category. casual encounters. craigslist contended all along taking down the adult services section would only drive sex ads to other parts of the site. that's what happened. we found several ads like this one, seeking young beautiful ladies, give us a call, pay to play. this certainly isn't what the group of attorneys general had in mind when they wrote a joint letter to craigslist last month calling for the section to be removed. >> if it does migrate to another part of craigslist, then this will be another battle that we have to fight in this war. >> reporter: last month, this young woman talked to abc's david wright. >> i was sold for sex by the hour at truck stops and cheap motels. >> reporter: she said pimps use craigslist to sell her for sex. >> the "world news" story actually helped because it built a public sympathy
find more democrats to come out. when you look at our poll, the folks that tell us they're not likely to vote, they actually approve of the president's job with 75% approval rating. these are minorities and young voters. they have no interest in this election, if they get interested, they could close that gap. >> how do you get them interested? >> look, that's what the president's trying to do. here's what's odd. turnout goes up, people get enthusiastic about voting when they're unhappy. this small slice of voters, it's only 10% of the electorate, they're happy with the president, they're happy with democrats so they don't see a reason to get off their keisters and go out and vote right now. maybe that will change, but i'll be honest, our pollsters tell us it's very unlikely. >> let's take a look at who voters want to control congress. and the poll shows there's a tie, 43% of all responders would like to see democrats hold congress, 43% would like to see republicans gain control of congress. but when you boil that down to likely voters, the republicans have a 9 point advantage. >> let
weekend. and david petraeus said the church's actions could put u.s. troops at risk. >> did you see this video while you were away? a college football player riding on a moped, head-on into a pickup truck. the guy gets up and is essentially okay. we'll talk to him. >> we're launching a new series where we go back to our first jobs and see if we can still handle them. matt's up first. his first job was delivering the news to america. back then it was one newspaper at a time. >> see behind the back. >> you're good. >> let's begin with the woild weather out west. wildfires in colorado. down south, a tropical storm. miguel almiguer has the latest on the wildfire. >> howie: the sun came up in boulder a short time ago. firefighters are beginning to reassess the situation on the ground and see how quickly that spread overnight. it charred 3,500 acres. it destroyed dozens of structures and homes. four homes that went down actually belonged to firefighters. that number will continue to change throughout the day. the four-mile fire canyon began yesterday afternoon and forced the evacuation of
be moved? the pastor joins us with his take. >>> coming home. iran agrees to release one of the american hikers, now facing a serious cancer scare. what it means for the other two hikers still hoping to come home. >>> and music superstars take broadway. the stars of u2 put their spin on "spider-man." one of the most-anticipated musicals ever. we'll talk to bono and the edge and get a look at the show everyone is talking about. >>> and good morning, everyone. george, i just can't imagine, just as families were sitting down to dinner, that explosion hit in that suburb, about 6:30. and police say a gas line erupted into a massive fireball that shot 1,000 feet into the air. leaving a giant crater smackdab in the middle of the neighborhood. police fear many casualties. we're live on the scene. >> eyewitnesss a quarter-mile away say they felt it. and residents in the neighborhood, said there had been concerned about the gas for some time. we'll get to that right quaye. >>> but there's a lot of confusion and frustration this morning about what is going on with that florida pastor who had threat
to crash into the u.s. capitol or the white house, even. >> and the president is at the pentagon, where he just paid his respects to the 184 people who were killed in the attack there. and touched on the controversy surrounding the conversery this year. >> they may seek to spark conflict between different faiths. but as americans, we are not and never will be, at war with islam. it was not a religion that attacked us that september day. it was al qaeda. >> part of the reason, of course, this anniversary has become so politicized is pastor terry jones, who had planned to burn korans today. but then, he called it off. he arrived here in new york city late last night, hoping to meet with the imam behind that planned cultural center near ground zero. >>> meanwhile, in afghanistan, there's angry street protests over the proposed koran burning. even though it didn't happen. our martha raddatz is in afghanistan. we'll go live to her in a minute. >>> we begin at ground zero. for months, it's been the site of protest over the proposed mosque. today is no exception. but there will also be memorials
a back and forth yords deal. >> the judiciary appeared to use the release to flex its muscles, which highlights the deep rift in iran ejen amongst the conservatives. on friday the foreign ministry announced plans for her to be released on saturday, with the result of ahmadinejad's personal intervention and reflected his special viewpoint of this islamic republic of iran on the dignity of women. hours later the judiciary suddenly called off the whole release which was a very embarrassing rebuke to ahmadinejad. like i said, this really highlights these deep rifts and this struggle for the balance of power in iran right now. >> all right. nbc's ali arouzi, thank you very much. and now here's carl. >> jenna, thanks. >>> as the nation remembers the september 11th attacks on saturday protesters took to the streets, tongurning the day's m from reflection to outrage. mike taibbi has the story. >> reporter: they are by now familiar remembrance. >> adam -- >> reporter: the pause of the moments when the planes struck and the towers fell. the bells, the reading of the names of those lost. >> jam
, the first to go on "dancing with the stars." we'll tell us what he thinks of the decision, live. >>> and good morning, everyone. did you lose your voice cheering for the hoff last night? >> the only way it could go. i don't know it is. the back-to-school cold crept up on me. i apologize. >>> we have a big story. >> a huge story. >> bob woodward's book, a bombshell. infights over sending thousands of troops. the president pushing hard against the chairman of the chief of staffs, mike mullen. against general petraeus. the top security adviser, jim jones, reportedly referred to his aides as water bugs, the mafia. he says the cia has set up a 3,000-man paramilitary force, a secret force, that fights the taliban in afghanistan and pakistan. >> all this comes as another top economic aide is set to leave the white house. we'll have more on the white house shakeup ahead. >>> and also this morning, it's been a political flash point this year. we're talking about islam, with the proposed mosque near ground zero. we begin an in-depth series. and we kick that off our next half hour. >>> we
>>> well, that's going to do it for us on "american morning." we'll be back here bright and early tomorrow. hope you have a great day. >> cnn newsroom starts with jim acosta right now. >>> i'm jim acosta in for kyra phillips. here's what we are working on this labor day. a crackdown on craigslist. cnn showed you how the online service had become an area for prostitutes. >>> we are also showing you the american jihadist. he is likely to strike again. >>> and women are making more money than their male counterparts? i don't like the sound of that. you are in the cnn newsroom. and we are grilling up some politics on this labor day. we begin counting down to the midterm elections. for the next 58 days we'll look at the rage building among american voters. many are angry and calling for big changes in washington. they'll have the chance to make those changes in the senate, 37 deets seats are up for grabs, and in the house, 435 seats up in all. there are signs of a voter rebellion in the work to give congress back to the republicans. those are the stakes on the line. and the cnn electio
to the u.s. newt gingrich unveiled his plan on the steps of the capitol in 1994. >> we're offering the boldest contract in the history of the united states. >> reporter: even nancy pelosi put forth a promised agenda before democrats won control in 2006. the contract includes specific pieces of legislation. many of which republicans have already tied. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: and failed to get through the democratic congress. the pledge hasn't been released yet. but democrats are attacking it. calling it a return to what they call the failed policies of the bush years. as the democratic leader of the house, his office put it, the pledge should read something like this. i pledge allegiance to the wealthiest of the wealthy, who we will protect before the middle class. in other words, george, the campaign is well under way. >> jon karl, thank you very much. >>> the president was taking it on last night, as well. he's here in new york to speak to the united nations this morning. all the fallout after bob woodward's bombshell of a book. jake tapper is here with the la
hackers, is anyone? >>> and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm meg oliver. vinita is off this morning. the president is set to reveal another new proposal to help the sagging economy. this one would use tax breaks to benefit businesses and corporations. >> but a new abc news poll released overnight shows what a daunting challenge democrats face heading into midterm elections. emily schmidt is joining us from washington with the latest numbers. >> reporter: this poll is filled with a lot of firsts. abc news/"washington post" poll that shows 92% of americans, nine out of ten of your neighbors, think this economy is in bad shape. and what's more, potentially bad news for democrats. voters seem to say they're tired of the status quo. this week, president obama is pitching a new economic plan, with the hopes of winning. >> i think yes, we can. is more inspiring than no, we can't. >> reporter: but a new poll shows more people saying about the president, no, he hasn't. for the first time, most voters, 52%, disapprove the way mr. obama is handling the
. this is a mexican landfall in this storm and it's a u.s. problem. we'll show you pictures of galveston this morning, of the waves breaking in that area. all the way up the texas coast. well into texas, with the problems that will be texas flooding. here's a look at the rain. look at the yellow, the heaviest rain. and the center of circulation is west of corpus christi. there has been a big move on the storm toward the north. let's show you why it's not going to go away quickly. four to eight inches of rain. from laredo to corpus christi. austin, a little south of dallas as well. big-time texas flooding. watch hermine interact with this stalled front that's north. look at oklahoma, north texas, in the hill country here. we could have a good, solid of 10, 12 inches of rain that just stays put. nothing is going to kick this out until about thursday. we'll go over all the weather patterns. and again, watching the tropics, active. there's a little wave off the coast of africa. gaston has weakened. not a lot to talk about. we'll watch them all. george? >>> we're going to go now to the wildfires in colora
and good luck. join us for the live edition of "countdown" every weekend at 8:00 eastern, 5:00 pacific. be there, aloha. >> no backing down. a florida pastor sticks to plans to burn the koran despite worldwide condemnation. >>> texas thrashing, high waters. >>> and, got the moves? a new study on what women like to see in men on the dance floor. >>> good morning, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with burning heat. a problematic pastor in florida is defying the nation's highest-ranking authority saying he will burn copies of the koran on september 11. with the anniversary of the terrorist attack days away, the church's leader begins it protest on what he calls the symbol of islam has become a lightning topic worldwide. >> outrageous, disgraceful, but constitutionally legal. those are some descriptions of pastor terry jones' plans to pile up koran, the muslim holy book and burn them on september 11. despite pleas, the pastor of a small church in gainesville, florida, refuses to call it off. >> we are not co
is that he can be cited for public burning, but that's the extent of the laws that we have available to us. you know part of this country's history is people doing destructive or offensive, or harmful things and yet we still have to make sure that we're following the laws, and that's part of what i love about this country. >> you can see how sobering this is. >> sure. >> to the president. now we've had general petraeus, hillary clinton, the president, all speak trying to stop this. even as you pointed out earlier sarah palin weighing in, as well. >> as often as has been said, just because you have the right to do something doesn't mean you should do it. and the fbi is concerned about this. let's bring in pierre thomas. he's been talking to the fbi overnight about this. >> reporter: robin you can add fbi officials to those who think the proposed burning of korans this weekend is provocative and potentially dangerous. an fbi official is warning that islamic radicals might attack those participating in the koran burning. and that the event may have far-reaching national and i
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